The winter edition of the vital City Journal is out, and it includes a detailed and compelling piece by Brian C. Anderson on the threat to free speech posed by campaign-finance reform. But note well: this threat is not just to the free speech expressed in cash contributions. It is to what might be said on talk radio, on cable TV, or even, dare we say it, on a blog.
That's right! If you want to keep getting SWNID's mix of free speech on subjects religious, cultural and political with the political intact, you should oppose all efforts to apply campaign finance regulations to the internet.
Actually, you should oppose campaign finance regulations, period. If there's one thing we've learned lately, it's that people can make up their minds even if they're overwhelmed with political ads. After all, Mark Mallory beat John Pepper like a conga drum.
But be sure of this: if the worst happens and the FEC tries to regulate what bloggers can write prior to elections, your faithful SWNID will continue shooting off his mouth with the level of arrogance and insensitivity that you've come to expect. Just let them try to fine us! You can't, as the saying goes, get blood from a turnip!